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Is it possible to modify a Mac to select a whole word with a single click (or a modifier key) vs double click?

  • Control-Click on a word will highlight the whole word however it also brings up the context-menu, which you can then either select from or press Esc key to dismiss it, but the word remains highlighted. – user3439894 Nov 18 '18 at 2:25
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Control-Click will highlight the whole word (as user3439894 has pointed out) - to prevent the context menu staying open without you having to press escape or clicking away, you simply need hold the mouse down for about a second.

To clarify:

  • Press Control key down
  • Click on word, holding mouse down
  • Release Control key or mouse - the context menu should disappear, but the word will remain selected

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